Abiola Keller, Ph.D., M.P.H., PA-C

Abiola Keller
Abiola Keller, Ph.D., M.P.H., PA-CMarquette University

Clark Hall, 363

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-8569

Assistant Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Courses Taught

HEAL 1025:  Culture and Health

HEAL 7012:  Epidemiology

Research Interests

My program of research focuses on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes for adults with chronic illnesses, including depression, by engaging patients, families, and clinicians in multi-level interventions that optimize chronic disease self-management behaviors.

Professional Affiliations


American Public Health Association

Society of Behavioral Medicine


Population Health

Physician Assistant


Litzelman K, Keller AO, Tevaarwerk A, Dubenske L. Adequacy of Depression Treatment in Spouses of Cancer Survivors. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2018;33(6):869-876.doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4331-z.

Keller AO, Hooker R, and Jacobs EA. Visits for Depression to Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in the US. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. 2018;45(2):310-319. doi 10.1007/s11414-017-9579-2. 

Halbach P and Keller AO. Evaluating Motivational Interviewing Physician Assistant Curricula. J Physician Assist Educ. 2017;28(3):132-137. doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000133. NIHMSID 887564

Keller AO, Valdez CR, Schwei RJ, and Jacobs EA. Disclosure of Depression Symptoms in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study of Women’s Perceptions. Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(5):529-36. PMCID: PMC5026909.

Honors and Awards

2018-19 Wallace Faculty Scholar Research Award, Marquette University College of Nursing

2018 Health Disparities Research Scholar, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

2015-2017 Selected Clinical Research Scholar, Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin


2018-2020 PCORI, Patient Centered Outcomes Research for Employees (PCORE)
of Milwaukee's Near West Side (Project lead Pinto; Co-lead Keller)

2018 Concept mapping to explore health-related social control in the adult child caregiver-older adult patient dyad (PI Keller)

2018 The impact of caregiving on social relationships: Experiences of African-American women caregivers

2017 The NCCPA Health Foundation, Healing Health Literacy at Two Urban Low-Income Clinics
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Joshua Knox)

2016 Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Dr. Judith Stitt Women’s Faculty Scholar Award, Access to Physical Activity Health Education among Individuals with Depression.
Role: Principal Investigator

2015 Clinical Research Scholar, Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin

2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections, Examining the Impact of Diagnosis and Treatment by Non-Physician Primary Care Providers on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Depression Care
Role: Principal Investigator

2014 NIH Loan Repayment Program in Health Disparities Research, Improving the Quality and Equity of Depression Treatment in Primary Care
Role: Principal Investigator

2014 Physician Assistant Education AssociationSupport to Advance Research (STAR) Program, Awardee

Emory T. Clark Hall, home of Marquette University's College of Nursing

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